Bri Lassiter is part of the ICFTS Team. She is a Faithful friend, Believer in Christ, wife and mother. Here is her view of creativity as she takes her action steps to pursue the purpose Christ has placed upon her heart.
I used to define creativity as “arts and crafts” and I completely excluded myself from all connection to the arts because I didn’t fit in my own narrow definition of it.
Recently I began asking God what His dreams are for me, and he reminded me of a childhood love I’ve had for lettering and calligraphy. I had planned on going to an art school many years ago so I could pursue that love but I had been deeply discouraged by others in my life at the time who believed I could not and should not pursue that dream.
I was completely brokenhearted about it and that’s when I started putting up walls by saying that I’m not creative and began defining creativity as “arts and crafts ” and believing it’s “not my thing.”
So when God began reminding me of my dreams and digging them up, it also dug up when those dreams became broken and I got mad at Him and told Him to dream something else for me because I couldn’t do lettering or calligraphy, I’m not creative and I didn’t think I could do it. I told Him I’d never been successful with anything creative anyway.
I love that whatever Jesus digs up, He’s ready to heal. So He began to heal me by showing me how this lie I believed about myself couldn’t possibly be true and pointing out all the things in my life that have required constant creativity, whether I realized it or not.
He pointed out how when I began having health issues I learned how to use food as a healing tool and started creating nourishing things in the kitchen that greatly reduced a lot of my symptoms and blessed others going through the same thing.
He showed me how I’ve needed to be creative in my love of herbal medicine and reminded me of the success I’ve had making tinctures, extracts, salves, and medicinal tea blends to benefit my family. He reminded me of how difficult it was to reconcile my rigid teaching style with my five-year-old’s free-spirited learning style when teaching her to read, but now at six, she reads everything she can get her hands on. And how I was able to connect her obsession with drawing, to math to teach her the concepts of basic addition and subtraction, and how that required creativity in teaching.
He went on and on, exposing every place of creativity where I’ve found success in the past few years. Bit by bit He gently rearranged my perspective by pointing out all the lies I’ve believed that were either spoken about me or I’ve spoken about myself and breathing the truth back into me, that I’ve been creative all along, and that I have been successful in that creativity.
That creativity can be found anywhere that something is being created and you don’t need any special talent or an impressive project, you can find the joy of creating everywhere you look in your life be it in a friendship, a lesson plan, an herbal tea, a letter to someone you love, a workout plan that suits you or a meal full of love.
Seeing my creativity and my dreams from his perspective has healed my fear of trying new creative pursuits and I’m so grateful that as insignificant as a broken love of calligraphy may seem, it wasn’t to Him, and he wanted to fix it so that I could apply my new perspective on creativity as a building block to honor him in all of it, new and old creations.
Worship is both an inward and an outward action. You are expressing physically the inward posture of your heart when you worship, and anything that you create can become an act of worship, an act of agreeing with God about who He is and who you are, a physical expression of your inward reverence and obedience.
So whenever I sit down to create anything now, because I’m acknowledging that He knows best and He is Creator God and He saw fit to create in me this love, it then becomes a physical manifestation of what my heart and soul and mind is singing in worship.
There will always be lies about you and your abilities and who and what you are. But they can’t hinder you if you choose not to believe and accept them as your own. So stop believing them and allowing fear to creep in and build walls around you that weren’t supposed to be there in the first place.
Get your truth about who you are and what your abilities are, from God and Him alone.
Ask Him to show you where you’ve believed lies that have hindered your creativity and watch Him reveal and heal. It’s His thing.
He is after your true identity and every place where he unearths a lie in you, He’ll fill it with the truth of who and what you really are so you can keep walking on in your kingdom calling.
I’ve been learning calligraphy for over a month now (I highly recommend the courses from thehappyevercrafter.com ) and since hearing from God through special verses has kept me sane through the most painful parts of my life to the extent that I write them out and tack them everywhere in my house whenever I need extra help, my vision for learning calligraphy is to be able to share those sanity-saving verses in the form of art so others can have that tangible reminder of Gods promises in their homes too.
So whether you are a seasoned artist or someone that believes creativity has nothing to do with them, Jesus is full of surprises for His children, and if we just ask He is always ready to heal and reveal His dreams of creativity in us. So ask! And see what He does in you too.